DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior forward Alicia Kutil (Franklin, Mass.) tallied a game-high 25 points to lead the Corsairs to a 78-62 victory over Eastern Connecticut, becoming the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth all-time leading scorer with 1,324 points on Saturday afternoon at the Tripp Athletic Center. The Corsairs also clinched the top seed in the upcoming Little East Women's Basketball Championship tournament and at least a share of the conference regular-season title.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 78, Eastern Connecticut 62
Records: UMass Dartmouth (20-3, 12-0 LEC) | Eastern Connecticut (10-13, 7-5 LEC)
How it Happened
Corsair seniors Leah Douty (Framingham, Mass.) Kutil paced the first quarter offense with six points apiece, in the opening 10 minutes, with sophomore Ashley Brown (Fairhaven, Mass.) trailing closely behind with five. With the final seconds ticking down, the second-year guard finished a difficult layup amongst several Warriors from the right block to push the home advantage to 21-14.
After a bucket by junior Kelsey Santagata (Stamford, Conn.) initiated the scoring in the second frame, UMass Dartmouth gained separation via a Douty three-pointer complemented by a Kutil driving layup, putting the hosts up by double-digits. The Warriors replicated the same offensive shot selection, though, to bring themselves back to five behind buckets from senior Kelly Reardon (Holyoke, Mass.) and sophomore Sabrina LaMere (North Branford, Conn.). Heading into the break, the aforementioned Corsair duo led the way with a combined 25 points and 11 boards.
Junior Nakira Examond (New Bedford, Mass.) got herself in the scoring column as she converted a righty layup off the feed from Brown. With less than three minutes remaining and the Corsairs up 51-39, Kutil launched a baseball-pass up court to Douty, finding Examond for the layup plus the foul.
The Corsairs kept its offense rolling during the fourth quarter, maintaining a steady double-digit lead for the duration of the final frame.
With 38 seconds remaining, senior Chelsea Houlihan (Wolcott, Conn.) made a cross-court feed to Kutil, who swished a three pointer from the left wing to become the UMass Dartmouth all-time leading scorer in program history, putting her at 1,324 total points on her career thus far.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs sweep their first season-series against Eastern Connecticut since 2013-14. The win follows up the 83-75 victory which came on January 10.
- UMass Dartmouth earned a share of the Little East Conference regular-season title in 2014-15.
- UMass Dartmouth entered the day at eighth in the country for points per game (80.2), which currently stands as the most in program history.
- Kutil now sits at 19.9 points per game, which ranks third in the conference and 31st in the nation.
- At 1,324 career points in 108 games, the senior captain has averaged 12.3 points per game in her career.
- With the milestone, Kutil breaks Cathy Johnson's 32-year record (1,323 points).
- Houlihan dished out six assists on the afternoon to put her average at 4.7 dimes per contest, placing her second in the conference.
The Corsairs travel to Rhode Island College on Wednesday night, tipping-off at 5:30 p.m. Simultaneously, Eastern Connecticut will square off with its intrastate rival Western Connecticut.